In late 2017 the F30-generation BMW 3 Series will have been in the market for six years - retirement age for passenger cars.
Replacing it will be an all-new model using BMW’s new G-series architecture, which is expected to bring with it an all-electric capability to help it stave off competition from the so-hot-right-now Tesla Model 3.
A report published by UK outlet Auto Express details says the new 3 Series will follow in the footsteps of the current generation 7 Series and incorporate carbon fibre and aluminium in its construction to help shed weight. Its mixed-media structure will be enabled by the switch to BMW’s high-tech CLAR platform, which will eventually be applied to other models as well.
The 2018 3 Series will continue to be offered with a range of three, four and six-cylinder engines along with a plug-in hybrid, however an all-electric model is expected to join the 3 Series family as well.
With a high-capacity 90kWh battery pack, the 3 Series EV could boast up to 480km of range on a single charge, and deliver performance to rival the much-hyped Tesla Model 3 that’s also expected to arrive in 2018.
The plug-in hybrid successor to the recently-launched BMW 330e (pictured) is also believed to be in line for a battery upgrade, which would allow it to run in zero-emissions mode for longer than the current car's 30-ish km EV range.
Other anticipated improvements include more rear seat legroom thanks to a modest stretch in wheelbase, plus further interior quality refinements to provide a more premium aura to the cabin.
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